The Mariners took game three of the series from the Tigers with a 2-0 win. Pinch hitter Kyle Seager drove in the run on a double to left to break up a scoreless game, then scored on and Endy Chavez single.
Endy Chavez and Robert Andino led the team with two hits each, Andino scored a run and Chavez had an RBI.
Remember when I said we could have another pitching duel? Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma went six innings, giving up three hits, striking out two and walking one. Iwakuma threw 70 pitches, 49 of those were strikes. The Mariners are keeping his pitch count relatively low due to the lingering issue he has with his right middle finger. Carter Capps got the win for Seattle, his first Major League win; Tom Wilhelmson got the save, his 6th of the season.
Justin Verlander had an equally impressive outing for the first six innings. The Tigers’ Ace allowed nine hits, two earned runs, one walk and struck out 12. He went scoreless for the first six innings, before giving up two runs in the seventh. Verlander threw 126 pitches, 89 of them strikes, but got the loss.
Piggy-backing on a stat from last night, our friend at the Mariners, Jeff Evans, offered up this fun stat; Scherzer and Verlander are the first Tigers pitchers to have back-to-back double digit strikeout games since August 18-19, 1984; those also came against the Mariners.
As we wrap up this series, a note from our friend Larry Stone of the Seattle Times: In this series, Mariner starters Harang, Hernandez & Iwakuma put up 1.42 ERA with 20 Ks and 1 BB; the Tigers came in as the top hitting team in the AL.
Turning Point: The turning point in the game came in the 7th inning when Kyle Seager came in to pinch hit for Brendan Ryan. Seager drilled a double to the left field corner, that allowed Robert Andino to score easily from first and give Seattle a 1-0 lead. Seager then narrowly beat the tag at home off an Endy Chavez single, putting the Mariners up 2-0.
Player of the Game: Again, it’s hard to steer away from the pitchers in this game when handing out the POG honors, but today’s honors have to go to center-fielder, Endy Chavez. Not only did he put up an RBI, but he made highlights with his defensive performance as well. Chavez closed out the top of the first with a grab off the center field wall and helped seal the victory in the 9th, getting the Mariners out #2 on a running, diving catch in right center that’s sure to make some highlight reels tonight.
Up Next: The Mariners head to Texas for a six-game road trip, taking on the Rangers, followed by the Astros. Friday’s matchup against the Rangers puts Joe Saunders on the mound against Yu Darvish.